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Nook to Android Tablet my Preparation

Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

Yesterday I wrote about my determination to maximize the capabilities of my new Nook Color [NC]. Commenter Angi of peepsarecool complained about the cliffhanger.  Sorry about that everyone.  As I replied, “Would it help if it’s a tale of woe, angst, fear, failure and ultimately success?  It’s like many classic novels.”  =D

Thanks for reading, and now back to our tale of woe and Nook.

Since I was unwilling and a bit timid about the possibility of turning my gift into garbage I read extensively about the ways to mod a NC by booting the Android Operating system from an SD memory card.

I loved reading on the NC, but even before I brought it home I knew that I was going to modify it.  Before you think that I’m more techie that I am, I read on the-ebook-reader.com that I could, “simply install (the Android operating system) on a microSD card and run it from there.” 

And, if I wanted to return to using the NC in it’s original state I could take the Micro SD card out of the back of the NC. “This requires no hacks, roots, or anything like that.”

With a level of fear and curiosity I read articles that led me to XD Developers, “a huge community of Windows Mobile and Android experts”, and the AndroidTablet.net forums, where “owners and enthusiasts to learn, discuss, and share knowledge.”

I need two things to continue.  A blank micro SD card and the necessary software to install the Android OS on the card.

I bought a pair of SanDisk 8GB MicroSDHC Memory Cards with adapters from Buy.com.

In order to turn the NC into a multidimensional Android tablet I also had to download four files.

I downloaded:

A.  Size-agnostic SD Card image and CM7 installer for SD Cards.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1000957

B.  I needed Win32DiskImager to install the CM7 system
https://launchpad.net/win32-image-writer/+download

C.  I needed a Nook Color CM7.  I downloaded cm_encore_full-249.zip successfully.  
Almost every day there are improvements made to the CM7.  
I would choose any of the options on the following page today.

http://download.cyanogenmod.com/?device=encore

D.  Google Apps & the  Android Market
http://android.d3xt3r01.tk/cyanogen/gapps/gapps-gb-20110307-signed.zip

Tomorrow in Nook to Android Tablet my Procedure I’ll explain my installation.

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